Education Sector

This is (One of Many Reasons) Why Districts Get Hit with Ransomware

Bill Fitzgerald writes: Even the smallest of school districts are complicated places. Communicating with stakeholders is hard to do well, and getting the details right is imperative. The details become even more important when school boards and superintendents try and communicate about school safety issues. When communication is done well, is not rushed, and...

Leaking Student Data From US Campus App Found — But is It Real?

Another day, another leak. Another leak, another entity claiming it’s not real data. Another leak, another frustrating experience trying to responsibly disclose. According to Safety Detectives, they found exposed data related to an app called Transact Campus:  Transact Campus’ technology integrates several payment functions into a single mobile platform to power student purchases at...

School Board hacked after emails of contractors compromised

Emily Burleigh reports: The Calcasieu Parish School Board has been the victim of a cyber fraud incident. “Because we at the Calcasieu Parish School Board believe in full honesty and transparency, we want to make stakeholders aware of a cyber fraud incident involving our district,” CPSB spokesperson Holly Holland said in a statement to...

Martin University discloses ransomware incident

Martin University in Indianapolis disclosed that they were hit by a ransomware attack on January 3, 2022, and have been investigating the incident since then. As is often the case with these attacks, the university was unable to determine whether there had been actual access to files with personal information. As a result, they...

Illuminate Education Breach Included Los Angeles Unified & Riverside County Districts, Pushing Total Impacted to Over 3M

Update of June 15:  For updates on this incident, your best resource is Kristal Kuykendall and THE Journal . Hats off to Kristal Kuykendall and THE Journal for tracking the Illuminate Education breach. Kykendall reports: The breach of student data that occurred during a January 2022 cyberattack targeting Illuminate Education’s systems is now known to...

Cyberattack against Regina Public Schools likely ransomware

Alexander Quon reports: New information has emerged about the recent cyberattack that targeted Regina Public Schools, forcing it to shut down all internet-based systems such as email and other education tools. CBC News has reviewed a copy of a note that has appeared on computers that were part of the school district’s network. The note says...

K-12 school districts in New Mexico, Ohio crippled by cyberattacks

Jonathan Grieg reports: Cyberattacks on K-12 schools across the U.S. continued this week with both the Fort Sumner Municipal Schools in New Mexico and Washington Local Schools in Ohio suffering from incidents. The Cl0p ransomware group’s leak site this week displayed sensitive information from students, faculty members and parents from Fort Sumner Municipal Schools....